Madison mother says shooting near park not an isolated issue
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some in Madison say Thursday night's shooting was a culmination of a bigger issue in the city.
On Monday, a mother says her teenage daughter was beaten up by teenagers in the very same spot where Thursday's shooting occurred.
"I got down here and I pulled in, she frantically ran up to me like visibly shaken," said the mother, who also says she believes it's not an isolated issue. "It's the same group of kids running around town, terrorizing people just creating a real nasty, hostile environment."
She says she's seen more and more issues along Madison's riverfront, while others disagree and say they've never seen any violence in the area.
"I thought they had the wrong town, because I really couldn't believe there would be a shooting in this town," Barbara Gosman said.
Madison police won't say if the attack on the 13-year-old on Monday was in any way related to the shooting Thursday night but detectives are aware of Monday night's incident and looking into it.
"What really resonated with me was the fact that somebody lost their life you know it could have been my daughter," the 13-year-old's mother said.
Indiana state police have taken over the shooting investigation but can't say if the shooting was intentional or accidental.
"That was the preliminary indication that we got that the gun went off, we don't know whether it was intentional yet or not," Trooper Tommy Walker explained.
Shortly after the shooting, a vehicle was stopped on the Milton-Madison Bridge -- there were three people in the car, two of them were juveniles.
"Those three people are being questions by investigators," Trooper Walker said. "No charges have been filed. There are numerous witnesses, that they are following up on."
Meanwhile the 13-year-old's mother just hopes something will be done and the violence will be stopped.
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